Fox News, garnering worldwide ridicule yet again for this whopper.
via The Guardian
Non-Muslims do not go to the British city of Birmingham, which has become a “totally Muslim” city, it has been claimed. Speaking on US news channel Fox News, Steven Emerson – who claims to be a “terrorism expert” – also said that gangs of religious police in parts of London beat up people who are not wearing Islamic clothes.
Emerson later apologised for his comments, which he admitted were “totally in error”, and said he was planning to make a donation to the Birmingham Children’s hospital.
Emerson appeared as part of Fox News coverage of the recent series of murders in Paris, including the attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
He said: “In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.
“And, parts of London, there are actually Muslim religious police that actually beat and actually wound seriously anyone who doesn’t dress according to religious Muslim attire.”
In actual fact, about 21.8% of Birmingham say they're Muslim, and about 42% are non-White, which probably confused Emerson, this self-described "terrorism expert" who actually appeared by a Republican congressional committee recently to share his "expertise".
Here are but a few of the many examples of widespread ridicule seen on twitter.
If you are a non-muslim and would like to visit Birmingham #illridewithyou #FoxNewsFacts
— Rabeb Othmani (@Rabeb_Othmani) January 11, 2015
In the UK, the Queen must wear a headscarf by law when she visits Birmingham. #foxnewsfacts pic.twitter.com/SLkb3sx5rw
— Emily Davis (@EmilyZDavis) January 11, 2015
Twitter responds to Fox News’ Birmingham claims in the most British way possible #foxnewsfacts http://t.co/FsF6XKVOVs pic.twitter.com/SkJXXghm69
— The Independent (@Independent) January 12, 2015